Time is the spinal cord’s enemy. Hours matter. Crate immediately and get vet help. Too much movement could cause paralyzed legs.
The clock ticks to get vet help!
Crate immediately. Limit the vertebrae and spine from moving. Movement causes the disc to leak and push more disc material onto the spinal cord. The result can be pain and paralysis.
- With haste get to a vet knowledgeable in IVDD.
- Immediately transport your dog carefully in a crate padded to keep the spine quiet.
- Your vet if highly suspicion of another disease, will rule out other things that mimic IVDD with an x-ray or maybe blood tests.
- X-rays do not prove a disc episode. A hands on neurological exam will typically help the vet pinpoint the likelihood of a disc herniation in making his diagnosis.
Comparison of conservative treatment vs. a surgery
When, how to monitor neuro function loss, financial info: https://dodgerslist.com/2020/02/10/surgery-vs-conservative/
There are only two options to treat a disc episode. There is good hope for all dogs to get back to a pain free happy life. Disc disease is not a death sentence.